This quality standard covers managing intravenous (IV) fluids safely and effectively for babies, children and young people (from birth to 16) in hospital. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

It does not cover managing IV fluids for specific conditions.

NICE has also published a quality standard for intravenous fluid therapy in adults in hospital.

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How we develop NICE quality standards